Review

Wedding Night

by Sophie Kinsella

Charlotte "Lottie" Graveney is devastated. Immersed in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend, Richard, she is positive that he's going to propose marriage to her at long last. After all, what else could it mean when he says he has an important question to ask her over lunch at a fancy London restaurant? Unfortunately, popping the question was the furthest thing from Richard's mind. Instead, he only wanted to discuss air miles. Now Richard is bewildered and Lottie is livid.

Embarrassed, disenchanted and at her wit's end, Lottie immediately breaks it off with Richard and tries to readjust to single life. But starting over again isn't easy when she's already in her early 30s and longing to settle down. Is it too much to ask to have a home, a husband and a family at this point in her life?

"WEDDING NIGHT is an engrossing novel in which everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, this is Sophie Kinsella at her wittiest."

Enter Ben, her wanton lover from the gap year she spent in Greece when she was 18. Though theirs had been the perfect relationship, Lottie and Ben were divided by the realities of geography after that magical interlude and lost touch with one another for the last 15 years. When Ben blazes back into her life proposing that they marry one another, Lottie jumps in eagerly with both feet.

Unfortunately, Lottie's sister, Fliss, and Ben's friend and employee, Lorcan, are dead set against this impromptu union that seems like nothing less than sheer madness to them. Desperate to stop the wedding, Fliss and Lorcan join forces to break up the happy couple before they can tie the knot. Unfortunately for the pair, their plan fails and the wedding goes ahead as intended.

Heartsick at her failure, Fliss knows firsthand the misery that an unsuitable marriage can bring and is determined to keep Lottie from living unhappily ever after. In the midst of an all-consuming divorce from her estranged husband, Daniel, Fliss vows that she won't allow Lottie to make a matrimonial mistake of her own. 

Not to be thwarted, Fliss concocts another strategy to stop Lottie and Ben from consummating their marriage, making an annulment a possibility if only she can talk sense into her little sister. To that, however, she must jet off to the Greek island of Ikonos where Lottie and Ben are trying their best to enjoy their honeymoon --- but everything seems to be going wrong for the newlywed pair.

To top off the hilarious scenario, Richard has come to the conclusion that he made a major mistake and is determined to declare his love to Lottie in person before all hope for a future together is lost forever.

WEDDING NIGHT is an engrossing novel in which everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, this is Sophie Kinsella at her wittiest. With her usual ability to place her characters in the most eye-popping, embarrassing situations and frantic predicaments, Kinsella puts the entire cast through their paces before they achieve their happy endings in surprising ways.

Reviewed by Amie Taylor on April 26, 2013

Wedding Night
by Sophie Kinsella

  • Publication Date: April 23, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Humor, Romance
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press
  • ISBN-10: 0812993845
  • ISBN-13: 9780812993844